COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Multi-home run games from Chicago’s Scott Bullett and Howard Johnson propelled the Cubs to an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the 49th annual Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field.
Bullett went 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored.
It was Johnson, however, that started the scoring for the Cubs, hitting his first homer of the day, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the first inning.
Neither team scored again until the bottom of the fourth when Chicago picked up another run, but Detroit responded with a five-run top of the sixth inning to take its first and only lead of the game.
The Tigers’ big inning included a two-run home run from Juan Samuel, an RBI single from Bobby Higginson, and a two-run double from Chris Gomez. Bullett made a leaping catch, however, to end Detroit’s rally, and then hit a three-run home run in the bottom half of the inning to put his team up for good.
Bullett and Johnson then capped Chicago’s scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning with back-to-back solo shots to secure the Cubs’ lead.
Detroit picked up a run in the top of the ninth, but could not rally for more, as the Cubs closed out the game.
Johnson had three hits and three RBI for the Cubs, and teammates Ozzie Timmons and Jose Hernandez each recorded multiple hits.
Four Tigers pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts, but all allowed at least one run. Ben Burlingame allowed all five of Detroit’s runs in the sixth inning, but earned the win for the Cubs when Bullett hit his three run home run in the sixth.
Hall of Fame President, Donald C. Marr, Jr. presents Seiko Clock to Chicago Cubs player, Sammy Sosa, the winner of the pre-game home run hitting contest. BL-13878.95 (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)